#STA2013 Sabah Tourism Award 2013 Winners!


Introduced in 1997, the prestigious Sabah Tourism Awards was inaugurated to celebrate the industry’s achievements and to acknowledge the commitment to excellence. This grand ceremony honours outstanding individuals and organizations whose contributions have attributed to the growth of the tourism industry in Sabah. ILoveSabah team congratulate the winners who contributing to the tourism Industry in Malaysia

Minister’s Special Awards

Winner 1: Anthony Lamb & Anthea Phillipps

Winner 2: MASwings


Best Shopping Complex

Suria Sabah


Best Food Outlet

Best Restaurant – Stand Alone = May Flower Restaurant

Best Restaurant – Hotel/ Resort = The Coast, Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort


Best Night Spot Experience



Best Spa Experience

Stand Alone = South Sea Sanctuary

Hotel / Resort = Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort


Best Tourism Article and TV Program on Sabah

Best Tourism Article published in Malaysia = “Returning to Sabah’s Red River Valley” by Mr. Roy Goh. Published in Sunday Life & Times New Straits Times, July 8 2012

Best Tourism Article published Overseas = “Sabah Delights : Honeymooners & Baby Boomers” by Ms. Carol West. Published in Holidays For Couple, October-March 2012-2

Best TV Program on Sabah Produced in Malaysia = No winner

Best TV Program on Sabah Produced Overseas = Set iWalker Travelogue

Best Online Media = “Travels around Malaysia – Part 4: Sepilok & Lankayan Island” by Steven Aldridge. Published in silvertraveladviser.com


Best Tourism Attractions

Best Tourism Attraction – Nature = Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary

Best Tourism Attraction – Non-Nature / Man-made = North Borneo Railway


Best Inbound Tour Package = 3D2N – Walk the Torq by Via Ferrata


Best Tour Guide

Best General Tour Guide = Wilson Chin @ Raihan

Best Specialised Tour Guide = Gary Albert


Best M.I.C.E. Agent 

Borneo Passages


Excellence in Hotel Services

5-Star (Resort) = Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort

5-Star (Business) = Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

4-Star & 3-Star = Sabah Hotel

2-Star & Below = 2inn1 Boutique Hotel

Nature Lodges = Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Homestay = Miso Walai Homestay Kinabatangan, Sandakan


Best Tour Operator

Best Overseas Tour Operator

Japan: H.I.S. Co. Limited

Korea: HANA Tours

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Wing On Travel Service Limited

Taiwan: Comfort Travel Service Co. Ltd

Australia: New Horizon Holidays

China: Chengdu Merchant International Travel Service Co. Ltd

Best Inbound Tour Operator

Malaysia Based Category: Discovery Overland Holidays

Sabah Based Category: Popular Express Travel Sdn. Bhd.


Best Airlines

Best Airline Station

Winner 1 : Dragonair, Kota Kinabalu

Winner 2 : Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong

Best Foreign Airline

Silk Air


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